Women and children generally stay in refuge until they access their own accommodation. Generally this can be approximately 6 months. 'Follow On Support' is offered to women when they are re-housed, after having lived in Glasgow Women's Aid refuge accommodation. Women are allocated a support worker who will support each woman as she moves out of refuge.
Follow On workers are available for support and information and will help in any way that they can. Women can expect emotional, as well as practical support and women will be listened to with respect and given space to talk about their feelings in their own time.
Workers can accompany women to appointments to other agencies as required (benefits agency, lawyers etc). Workers will also assist women in changing over their addresses with relevant agencies and support women in applying for furniture grants, Community Care Grants and sourcing affordable furnishings for their new homes. Women are also given the option of using a Support Plan, similar to the refuge Support Plan. The Support Plan relates to the woman's emotional, practical and financial needs.
Follow On support may involve supporting women in settling into their new community by finding out aboutb services available to them in this area. A Follow On Worker may also support women to find courses available to them, from academic courses to courses on self-esteem and confidence building.
The Follow On support service hopes to provide occasional trips/gatherings for women, family days out in the summer and spring holidays and other events throughout the year. Women using the service can take part in these activities for up to a year after moving out of refuge.
The overall aim of the Follow On service is to make the transition from refuge to a woman's new home as smooth as possible.